“The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 125th anniversary season in 2015-16 with programming that draws heavily on musical works the orchestra has premiered during its long and storied history,” writes John von Rhein in Monday’s (1/26) Chicago Tribune. “Most CSO subscription programs will include at least one work that was given its U.S. or world premiere by the orchestra…. [Music Director Riccardo] Muti is to premiere a CSO commission by Elizabeth Ogonek, one of two newly appointed Mead Composers-in-Residence whose three-year terms will begin this fall. Ogonek will share the post with Samuel C. Adams, whose own CSO commission is scheduled to be premiered during the 2016-17 season. Together, Ogonek and Adams also will curate the MusicNOW contemporary series…. Particularly notable will be the world premiere in May 2016 of French composer Pascal Dusapin’s Cello Concerto, with Alisa Weilerstein as soloist and Cristian Macelaru conducting. There also will be first CSO performances of works by Clyne, Detlev Glanert and Esa-Pekka Salonen.… Muti also will lead a three-week tour to Asia in January 2016 … and a three-city U.S. tour in October 2015.”

Posted January 28, 2015